Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper are sworn in before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., U.S. May 8, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
Reuters: Former Trump security aide was Russia blackmail risk: ex-U.S. official
Former Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates said on Monday she warned the White House in January that then-national security adviser Michael Flynn had been compromised and could have been vulnerable to blackmail by Russia.
Yates testified at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing that focused primarily on Flynn, and did not shed much light on other aspects of investigations of allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election and whether there was collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Moscow.
Yates repeatedly declined to discuss details of the investigation in a public forum. Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who also testified, said he stood by past assertions that he had not seen evidence of such collusion but also declined to comment on classified matters.
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Update #1: Sally Yates told White House aides Flynn was a Russian blackmail risk. 18 days later, he was fired. (CNN)
Update #2: WH highlights Clapper's lack of evidence on Trump-Russia collusion (CNN)
WNU Editor: I must admit .... I am getting super bored with this story. After months of this story being in the headlines .... there is still nothing. I have been a student long enough to know how the media .... especially the Western media .... carries the water for a story. And this story is one for the books .... because there is still nothing. Case in point .... yesterday's testimony from Sally Yates. With all the media coverage build-up behind it .... there is still nothing. Zero. Nada. And the big question .... who was responsible for unmasking these individuals .... Sally Yates gave the standard line .... it is classified .... hence continuing the media narrative on this "nothing" story .... Four Reasons Why the Russia Story Isn’t Fake News (NBC).
Update: I am surprised that this FBI Director still has his job .... Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence at hearing, say people close to investigation (Washington Post).